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Prohibition is incompatible with Christianity
In 1922 John Erskine Ph.D., LLD, published a short book, more like an extended essay, entitled, Must Christians Choose Between the Bible and Prohibition? In the first paragraph he sets out the thesis: Prohibition is incompatible with Christianity.
He gives it a personalized tone through relaying key points in his conversations with a Presbyterian friend.
Here are three recent pieces worth reading.
In this first piece, he points out (among other things) the harms inflicted by the zero-tolerance and abstinence-only mindsets.
In a bizarre twist, the news outlet I’ve taken to calling the Pwned By Sadists Inside the Möbius Beltway Hour published an interesting finding.
Apparently fruit flies drink alcohol to self medicate. It keeps them safe from parasites. Some of you may be thinking, “I’ve heard of that: absinthe, the wormwood in absinthe is well known to flush intestinal parasites.” But that’s only partly what is at work, based on my understanding of this report.
The Smithsonian magazine has published a lengthy article about beer, by Abigail Tucker.
I haven't read the whole thing yet, but the printed version has this as the subtitle
Here you will find a collection of pages having to do with alcohol.
A nearly 6 hour series on alcohol prohibition begins tonight. Ken Burn and Lynn Novick segmented the shows into three parts: A Nation of Drunkards, A Nation of Scofflaws, and A Nation of Hypocrites.
I've not yet seen anything other than the trailer.
In case you don't live in New England, you don't subscribe to a local PBS station, or your PBS station doesn't cover this series, I've scanned in a few portions the WGBH TV guide.
Dean Becker recently interviewed Kenneth Anderson, author of “How to Change Your Drinking - A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol.”
Mike Lozon shared his unwinding of the twisted "facts" from Drug Warriors and prohibitionists — which he used to be — to realize that prohibition is failed. Mr.
John Cloud, writing for TIME presents some interesting new research.
For a while it's been known that moderate drinkers of alcohol, people who consume 1 to 3 drinks per day, live longer than people who drink far more and those who completely abstain. But it seems there is some new research out
One of the turning points in alcohol prohibition was the horror of the increase in gang violence. On the morning of Thursday, February 14, 1929, seven people were executed by a rival gang.
Did Prohibition Really Work? Alcohol Prohibition as a Public Health Innovation
By Jack S. Blocker, Jr, PhD
Alcohol a bigger menace, but drugs get most blame
William Raspberry, author. Date unknown; perhaps 1993. (View entire clipping)
Mr. Raspberry makes some great points like this, "The people who make and enforce the law know respectable members of the community (perhaps including themselves) who use alcohol without abusing it.
"Moreover, there is a tendancy of those in charge to elevate the pleasures of the well-off and denigrate those [pleasures] associated with the poor.
" But serious penalty means building more prison cells, even at the cost of reduced funding for education…
"…less as criminals and more as people with a problem that demands education and medical attention.
William Raspberry, past winner of the Capital Press Club's Journalist of the Year award, is a columnist for The Washington Post.
He also brings up many racial disparities.